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Suntrease Williams-Maynard

Special Counsel

With a background litigating complex issues in federal courts, I have successfully prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases and enforced compliance with federal statutes. My practical experience allows me to guide clients through challenges and develop creative and strategic approaches toward resolving problems or achieving goals. My can-do attitude, tenacity and perseverance make me an ideal team member to accomplish any mission.

A dynamic litigator and innovator, Suntrease Williams-Maynard focuses on helping clients minimize the risks of litigation, respond to government investigations and develop programs, policies and procedures. Further, Suntrease has received specific training in depositions and alternative dispute resolution, making her a well-rounded advocate for her clients’ interests. 

Prior to joining Adams and Reese, Suntrease served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Mobile. In this role, she was the sole legal counsel to federal investigators and the Local Office Director for Mobile on case development strategies. Her duties also included conducting training and outreach, both internally and externally, on the statutes enforced by the EEOC, as well as creating significant partnerships with other agencies in an effort to fulfill the EEOC’s mission, which led to her receiving the Community Service Award within her first year of service to the agency. Thanks to this experience, Suntrease is also well versed in labor and employment issues and federal employment discrimination statutes.

Suntrease also served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama and the Southern District of Texas. She joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the Attorney General Honors program being one of ten selected nationwide to serve at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In this role, she handled issues relating to election and voter fraud allegations and prosecutions, health care fraud, the False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute. 

In her service under the Civil Rights Enforcement Unit, she enforced statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Also thanks to her experience in these roles, Suntrease has in-depth experience with federal agencies including the Border Patrol; Homeland Security Investigations; Drug Enforcement Administration; Customs and Border Protection; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Department of State and Postal Inspectors. 

In addition to her service to the U.S. Attorneys’ offices, Suntrease is also an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force Reserve. She carries the rank of Captain and was the recipient of the inaugural community service award for a youth program that she developed while attending Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course. She was also twice featured in the Judge Advocate General's Reserve Publication for her outstanding service and contribution in 2014 and 2018. She was also the first IMA reservist in the United States Air Force’s history to be selected to serve as a U.S. Senate Youth Program mentor. 

In each of her roles, Suntrease has taken a personal approach to finding ways to connect with the community and conduct outreach. She is passionate about youth issues within the community she serves. She has led efforts to bridge the gap between youth and law enforcement by creating and implementing a program called Successful Tips for Youth on Law Enforcement Encounters (STYLE), which was designed to create and foster positive relationships and mutual respect to ensure safety during encounters. The FBI adopted this program for national implementation and the program is now known as Bridging the Gap.

Education

  • The Pennsylvania State University, Master of Public Administration, 2013, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, J.D., 2008
  • Shaw University, B.A., 2005, Sociology: Criminal Justice, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama
  • Bishop State Community College Foundation, Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Mobile
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Junior League of Mobile Chapter, Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, June 2019 to date
  • Jack & Jill of America, Inc., Mobile Chapter, Chair of Legislative Committee, May 2016 to date
  • Links, Inc., Greater Mobile Chapter, May 2019 to date
  • Hosted first Bullying Awareness Walk in Laredo, TX
  • Hosted first Multi-Cultural Festival in Laredo, TX
  • Hosted Community Fair to restore voting rights in Mobile, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Marriage Ministry
  • Military Officers Association of America, South Alabama

Acknowledgements

  • National Bar Association 40 Under 40, 2020
  • National Bar Association Top 5 Recipient for the Excellence in Activism Awards, 2020
  • National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2020
  • Community Service Award, U.S. EEOC, 2019
  • Diversity Scholar Award, National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2018
  • Mobile Bay Magazine 40 Under 40, 2016
  • 40 Under 40 Alumni Award, North Carolina Central University, 2016
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents Diversity Scholar Award, 2016
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, 2016
  • Mobile County Public Schools System Student Involvement Starts with Us Award, 2016
  • United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas Dedicated Service Award, 2014
  • National Black Prosecutors Association Best Regional Director of the Year Award, 2012, 2013
  • Lawyers of Color Hot List Honoree, 2013
  • Webb County Women's Bar Association Outstanding Service, 2012
  • United States Department of Justice United States Attorney General's Honors Program Attorney, 2009
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, NCCU School of Law/Turner lnn Chapter Dedication & Leadership Award, 2007
  • Black Law Students Association, NCCU School of Law Chapter Service Award, 2007
  • Women's Caucus, NCCU School of Law Chapter Hard Work & Dedication Award, 2006
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Recognition Ribbon
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
  • Air Force Longevity Award
  • Air Force Commendation Medal

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Alabama State Bar, Government Relations Liaison Committee
  • Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers, President, 2016–2017; Vice President, 2015–2016
  • Mobile Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Chair, 2016 to date
  • Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association, President, 2018 to date; President Elect, 2017–2018; Recording Secretary, 2016 to 2017; Chair of Community Affairs: 2016 to date
  • Alabama Lawyers Association, Southern District Rep, 2019 to date
  • Escambia County Teen Court Program, Teen Court Judge, 2019 to date
  • Spring Hill College, Adjunct Professor in Sociology and Criminology, 2017 to present
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Executive Council, 2018 to date; Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2017 to date; Program Committee, 2018 to date; Membership Committee, 2016–2017
  • Paul W. Brock Inn of Court, September 2016 to date
  • National Black Prosecutors Association, Vice President of Programs, 2014–2015; Regional Director of the Southern Region, 2011–2014
  • Laredo Webb County Bar Association, Director of Pro Bono and Community Outreach, 2013–2014
  • Webb County Women's Bar Association, President, 2011–2012
  • American Bar Association, Touch 10,000 Ambassador, 2010–2011
  • Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, 2008–2009

Publications

  • Lessons from Successful African American Lawyers:  Practical Wisdom for Those on the Path to Lawyerhood, Contributing Author

Presentations

  • Hospitality and Tourism Workforce Summit, Panelist, March 2020
  • Women's Forum featuring Women Who Rock It, August 2019
  • Trainer on Title VII and ADA, EEOC's Technical Assistance Program, August 2019
  • Lecturer on Title VII, EEOC Birmingham District Office, September 2018
  • Panelist, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Lawyering in the 2151 Century Webinar on STYLE/Bridging the Gap program, August 2017
  • Keynote Speaker, JROTC STEM Academy (Mobile/Huntsville Public Schools), Spring Hill College, June 2017
  • Student Success Summit hosted by the United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), October 2016
  • 2016 Intelligence Analysis Sharing: A Candid Look at Community Policing and DOJ Smart on Crime Initiative for the United States Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • National Black Prosecutors Association's 33rd Annual Conference, July 2016
  • The Use of Service Animals Under the ADA, Baldwin/Mobile Counties, March 2016
  • Military Officers Association of America, January 2016
  • National Advocacy Center (NAC), November 2015
  • Annual Gulf Coast Conference for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), November 2015
  • The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act; the Fair Housing Act (FHA); the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and the Shepard-Byrd Act, AIDS Alabama, August 2015
  • Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights (USERRA) Act, Alabama Veterans Council, February 2015